Marfa Dialogues

DJ Camp 2014

30 June - 5 July 2014


DJ Camp with DJs Faith Gay and Javier Arredondo 30 June – 5 July 2014 Classes: 11am-2pm, June 30-July 4, at the Capri, Marfa, TX Finale: 4pm, July 5, at Padre’s, Marfa, TX Open to all Big Bend-area students, ages 10-17 Free
Please note: DJ Camp registration is now closed. To get on the waiting list, please email djcamp@ballroommarfa.org.


Ballroom Marfa’s free DJ Camp is back – June 30-July 4, 2014!

For our fifth annual DJ camp Ballroom Marfa welcomes DJs Bigface and Faith Gay back to the Big Bend to help save the local party scene from the scourge of the anonymous iPod shuffle. The two veteran DJ mentors will once again be offering essential guidance in real-live party-rocking skills. Class participants will receive hands-on instruction on operating the wheels of steel, holding it down on the dance floor, and designing flyers to promote all kinds of site-specific party-installations.

Bigface served as the teacher at the inaugural Ballroom DJ Camp in 2010, sharing the knowledge he’s gained through years as a music educator at Austin’s DJ Dojo. Bigface is also known for ambitious parties helmed by DJs and funk bands, and featuring breakdancers, “fire tamers” and acrobats.

Faith Gay has been a DJ Camp counselor since 2011, and also works as a visual artist (BFA University of Texas), having exhibited work at D Berman Gallery, Austin, TX; Austin Museum of Art/Laguna Gloria, Austin, TX; McClain Gallery, Houston, TX; and Arlington Museum of Art, Arlington, TX. Her experience results in a unique perspective on the art of DJing, as she draws comparisons between the practice of cultivating an event’s aesthetic and setting a dance floor into ecstatic motion with the act of site-specific installation.

This five-day program is a hands-on experience, with students learning directly on DJ equipment and experimenting with mixing songs and sampling music. The classes are designed to engage the imagination of students from all musical backgrounds, and throughout the week our instructors will highlight other aspects of DJ culture, such as dance and visual art. While getting practical experience on the equipment is a core component of the camp, Bigface and Gay will also present DJing as an art form with a rich culture and history, with portions of each class covering the history of the DJ and basic music theory. During the week, students will create DJ personas and design posters for display at the final event.

Classes will take place at the Capri (across from Thunderbird Hotel) Monday, June 30 through Friday, July 4 from 11am – 2pm. The camp concludes with a free public performance by the student DJs at Padre’s Marfa on Saturday, July 5 beginning at 4pm.

DJ camp is open to all area students, and there is no fee to attend.

    Generous support for Ballroom Marfa’s Education & Outreach programs is provided by Ballroom Marfa members.

    Special thanks to DJs Faith Gay and Bigface, The Capri, Nick Cooper, JD DiFabbio, Betty Grajeda, Eva Guevara, Marfa Public Radio, Marfa Recording Company, Padre’s Marfa, the Thunderbird Hotel, Dominick Villano, and the parents and students of Marfa.